BEERWAH, July 5: National Conference vice president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said that the present situation in Jammu and Kashmir was not conducive for holding elections here.
“While Governor’s rule is not an ideal situation, the present circumstances of turmoil and chaos in the State are not conducive to hold elections,” he said while addressing party workers and functionaries at his Assembly constituency Beerwah, here today.
Omar further elaborated that the National Conference has sought dissolution of the State Assembly so that no manipulative games are played with the aspirations and mandate of the people but the present situation is not conducive for the conduct of polls. “Our primary concern right now is the restoration of the situation in the State to normalcy and peace – as was inherited by the PDP-BJP Government in 2014”, he added.
Interacting with the party workers of his constituency, the NC vice-president alleged that basic governance was invisible during the tenure of the PDP-BJP Government and people were made to run from pillar to post for their basic rights.
“Whatever developmental work has been achieved in Beerwah – including augmentation of the power distribution, health, education, water-supply and irrigation infrastructure was done through constituency development funds and augmentations that were equitably and diligently allocated and spent in the constituency. The previous Government chose to turn a blind eye towards unmitigated public grievances and chose to persecute the people of the State”, he said.
Omar lamented that there was a severe deficiency of medical professionals, doctors and teachers at public health institutes and Government schools in Beerwah. “A lot of doctors, paramedics, nurses and teachers officially posted in Beerwah are working elsewhere. I raised this issue with the Governor and sought adequate staffing of our health units and schools in Beerwah. I have always been at the disposal of the constituents of Beerwah and will continue to be at your service in the future”, the MLA said.
“Whatever I have delivered in Beerwah, I have done as your elected representative despite being in the opposition and significant developmental projects were initiated in Beerwah due to these sustained efforts and my commitment to usher Beerwah into a corrective era of growth, development and prosperity”, said Omar Abdullah, who was accompanied by his political advisor Tanvir Sadiq and senior party leader Professor Abdul Majeed Matoo and others.